European countries choose different paths to meet the rising social demands faced by animal productions. The French Pork and Pig Institute (IFIP) has analyzed several actions conducted in Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark.
The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) has created a new generation of feed unit systems for ruminants, Systali, to improve ruminant feeding and help farmers to predict animal response to feeding changes.
A feed plant is full of powders -- ingredients, premixes, dust, even finished feed when non pelleted. To better know the risks and to be able to aid manufacturers to manage them, French technical center Tecaliman performed studies with specialists of dust explosion at the CNRS lab in Nancy, France.
Containing more than 30 percent protein, rapeseed meal (or canola meal) is increasingly being used in feed for ruminants, pigs and poultry. Its high protein content makes it an attractive substitute for soybean meal. The secret to its recent success in the French feed industry is that the nutritional value of the byproduct is linked to changes in the crop and its processing.
As energy costs continue to rise, researchers at Tecaliman, the Nantes, France-based feed technical center, have been experimenting with an acidifying additive that has potential to decrease feed mill energy bills. This method allows feed plants to lower its heat treatment temperature while improving its enterobacteria-fighting efficiency.
Drinking water is used with increasing frequency to administer medications, vaccines, organic acids, and vitamins at many pig farms to insure accurate distribution and reduce heterogeneity in consumption.